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Overview of Art Cart Prototyping Phase 1

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Presentation developed for monthly All-Staff meeting reviewing the progress of the Art Cart program's first prototype phase, including program goals, current test-galleries, visitor and facilitator …

Presentation developed for monthly All-Staff meeting reviewing the progress of the Art Cart program's first prototype phase, including program goals, current test-galleries, visitor and facilitator feedback and audience statistics.

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  • 1. Prototyping Phase 1: July 2012 – April 2013 Jane Winchell The Sarah Fraser Robbins Director Art & Nature Center Meg Winikates Art & Nature Programs Coordinator Lisa Incatasciato Art & Nature Project s Coordinator
  • 2. What’s an ‘Art Cart’?
  • 3. Cart ResearchO Walters Art Museum, BaltimoreO Smithsonian: American Art Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of American History & Lemelson CenterO Minneapolis Institute of ArtsO Denver Museum of ArtO Denver Museum of Nature and ScienceO Portland Museum of Art, MEO Museum of Science, BostonO Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • 4. Goals for PEM’s CartO Serve all agesO “Activate” galleries with multisensory activitiesO Promote deeper connections with key objectsO Offer facilitated, visitor-directed experiencesO Foster social interactionsO Experiment with new approaches for use in the interim and future PEM
  • 5. Touchable Objects O Raw art materials O Art objects & models O Tools O Wearables O Multi-sensory options
  • 6. Art MakingO SketchingO Rubbings, embossing, sc ratch art, paper-craftO Alternate materials: weaving, mosaics, block s
  • 7. Context and EnrichmentO iPads with video and audio filesO Inquiry cards/gamesO Contextual objects (history, geography, science , artistic process)
  • 8. Current Prototyping O Japanese Art O Maritime Art (Putnam and EIMH) O Native American Art (Wheatland) O American Art (Seamans’ Gallery)
  • 9. In the Galleries
  • 10. Results to DateO Offered 1-3 pm on weekends since July, plus a few mid-week special eventsO 896 visitors so far 60+ yrs Attendance by Age 0-5 yrs 8% 6% 6-11 yrs 14% 45-60 yrs 12-17 yrs 23% 8% 18-24 yrs 5% 35-44 yrs 24% 25-34 yrs 12%
  • 11. Visitor Feedback “It’s nice you have theO Appreciate staff materials at the cart so we interaction don’t have to touch the pieces.”O Enjoy the art-making “I know “I would have what cloves walked rightO Ask many content- smell through this based questions like, but I’ve gallery and not never come learned a thing.O Cart interactions across Thanks for serve as inspiration sandalwood sharing.” for personal art- . It’s nice.” “I didn’t see sketching as a making missing program, but it’s nice to connect with one piece.”
  • 12. Educator Feedback O Tools of the process are interesting: trying the process is better O Multimedia elements are popular (esp. process videos) O Real materials to touch appeal to all ages: the more unusual, the better
  • 13. Next StepsO Phase 2 prototyping starts May 2013 “I read about the ArtO Train docents/volunteers to Cart in the calendar staff and came especially to this gallery to seeO Concurrent 2nd cart - it. – Are there other explore different topics Art Carts throughout the museum?” (such as special exhibition theme)O Look at marketing and funding options for future